Is there a "native" Windows way to prevent users from accidentally moving folders and files due to accidental "drag-and-drop"?

Because of the default of a 4-pixel movement needed to trigger a drag-and-drop event during a mouse button being pressed, a slight jerk while clicking on a folder or file icon can easily cause an unintended drag-and-drop event. I want to help my clients avoid this problem by making drag-and-drop more difficult to occur accidentally, but I want it to be simple to explain over the phone and not require installing software nor doing registry tweaks.

Here's what I've found so far. These may work to solve the problem, except that they involve installing third-party software or doing registry hacks:

  1. Adding an “are you sure you want to move/copy this” confirmation box by installing dragdropinterceptopr.

  2. Adjusting the distance you have to drag something before it is “dragged and dropped”:

  • @LPChip Thanks. I hadn't realized how little background I provided. Jan 26, 2015 at 21:00
  • Much better. :)
    – LPChip
    Jan 26, 2015 at 21:26

1 Answer 1

  1. Use a good mouse. I found the very basic ones work great.
  2. Always use copy-paste or cut-paste to copy/move.
  3. When there was an accidental move, CTRL-Z should undo the move.
  4. Don't try to drag and drop when system is busy.
  • This is not answering the question. Its a bit like when I ask: my car is heavy on fuel usage. How can I drive to make sure the fuel consumtion is as low as possible, and you answer: easy, don't drive your car.
    – LPChip
    Jan 26, 2015 at 19:43
  • @Codism. Sorry, my question wasn't very clear. I've improved it some. Jan 26, 2015 at 21:05

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